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MFA students Chelsea Lebron and Jaime Goh lead Creative Writing courses for the Mason Community Arts Academy

MFA students Chelsea Lebron and Jaime Goh lead Creative Writing courses for the Mason Community Arts Academy

This February, MFA students Chelsea Lebron and Jaime Goh will be teaching creative writing courses for the Mason Community Arts Academy, the community arts education division of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. For the first time at Mason, MFA teaching assistants were given the opportunity to apply to teach a creative writing course of their own design for the academy.

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Poets from Odessa, Ukraine, come to Mason Square

Poets from Odessa, Ukraine, come to Mason Square

On November 8th, the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center will convene four poets, to read and discuss their work on the Arlington campus’s Mason Exhibitions art gallery. Edited by poets Carolyn Forché and Ilya Kaminsky, this anthology is a critical reminder of the struggles Ukrainians are facing in light of war, and serves as a beacon of hope, determination, and reckoning for Ukrainians across the globe in their continual fight for democracy.

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Poetry Daily at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center

Poetry Daily at the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center

With funds from ArtsFairfax, nonprofit Poetry Daily sends Mason MFA poetry students into the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center to teach poetry to incarcerated youths as part of the Poetry Alive! program. “This new program brings young poet-teachers directly into the lives of young people who want to find language for their own stories and who may want to see those stories and their connections with others in a new light as they move forward,” said Peter Streckfus, a co-director of Poetry Daily.

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Literature’s Humanizing Power

Literature’s Humanizing Power

On April 4th, the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center welcomed New York Times best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran Azar Nafisi for its first annual public Busboys and Poets lecture. This year, the Busboys and Poets lecture, a series of lectures that cover literature, culture, and global affairs—named after its sponsor—amassed 150 attendees.

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Fall for the Book Wins Inaugural ArtsFairfax Arts Innovation Award

Fall for the Book Wins Inaugural ArtsFairfax Arts Innovation Award

New in 2022, the Arts Innovation Award recognizes an organization that has implemented nontraditional or inventive approaches to their art form and has uniquely engaged audiences in the arts. In recognition of their forward-thinking literary programming, Fall for the Book is the Arts Innovation Award’s inaugural recipient.

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